Welcome to the SCFE Week 25 Rookie Report. These articles will be for all the up-and-coming players to know now and in the future.
I will look at rookies that are for the most part good for most 12-16 team roto and mixed head-to-head teams. If I put a rookie in that happens to be in a deeper format, say for you dynasty players out there, I will make sure and post it for that particular player, or players.
This week, a pitcher showing his stuff in Kansas City. The city of Oakland may have found a new slugger. And a deep league dive player to stash in a minor league spot.
Now let’s take a look at some rookies to look at that will help in the Week 25 Rookie Report.
Week 25 Rookie Report
**Updated as of September 17
In The Show
Jake Junis, SP, Kansas City Royals
2017 stats: 17 GP, 7-2 W-L, 4.15 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 80.1 IP, 86 H, 20 BB, 68 K
Kansas City is 5 games back in the Wild Card race. It may all but be over for a playoff appearance. But heading toward the end of the season, Jake Junis has been a bright spot. In his last 10 appearances, he has a 5-1 record, a 2.98 ERA, 45 strikeouts and seven walks. he is giving up too many hits, 53 in 45.1 innings pitched.
He’s not going to have an elite strikeout rate. But what he can do is give the team a chance to win. And down the stretch, that’s what you need. A pitcher who can strike some out and get out with the win.
Matt Olson, 1B/OF, Oakland Athletics
2017 stats: .266/.354/.651, 2 2B, 0 3B, 21 HR, 40 RBI, 18 BB, 52 K, 0 SB
Matt Olson has been raking in September. In just his last 10 games, Olson has a .294 average, with six of his 10 hits being home runs. During the last 10 games, he also has 10 RBI, and the A’s are 7-3 during that span. Olson is also one of two players to hit 20 home runs in the majors and the minors.
Olson is the kind of pickup that can boost a playoff team to the championship. If he is available, get him on your roster.
On The Farm: Deeper Leagues
Fernando Tatis, Jr., SS, San Diego Padres
2017 stats: .255/.281/.327, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 17 K, 3 SB at Double-A San Antonio
The sample size was small at Double-A for Fernando Tatis, Jr. But once you add in his time at A-Ball, his stats are more impressive for an 18-year-old. Across the two levels, Tatis, Jr. has a slash line of .278/.379/.498, 27 2B, 7 3B, 22 HR, 75 RBI, 77 BB and 32 stolen bases. In 131 games played, he does have 141 strikeouts, which is to be expected of a younger player.
With the strong numbers, he should open at Double-A next year, with a possibility of a Triple-A promotion. Look for Tatis, Jr. to arrive in the 2019 season.
So there is the Week 25 Rookie Report. Be sure and check back for a new batch of rookies to keep your eye on.
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